2017 Outstanding Adult Learner of the Year recognized

2017 Adult Learner Dinner

Front row, left to right: Wanda Ochei, director of student services and engagement; Amanda-Claudia Scott; Penn State Wilkes-Barre Chancellor Dale Jones; and Sarah Luvender, campus counselor. Back row, left to right: Jackie Warnick-Piatt, student activities coordinator; Suzanne Attanasio, campus nurse; Janet Jones, continuing education program associate; and Jane Ashton, director of continuing education.

Credit: Penn State

LEHMAN, Pa. -- Amanda-Claudia Scott, corporate communication student, has been honored by the Luzerne County Council on Adult Higher Education as the Penn State Wilkes-Barre 2017 Outstanding Adult Learner recipient.

Scott was born and raised in New York City. She attended the City University of New York prior to becoming a student at Penn State Wilkes-Barre.

A full-time student, she holds two part-time positions -- one at the Athletic and Recreation Building at Penn State Wilkes-Barre and the other at Kay Jewelers. She is trilingual in English, Spanish and American Sign Language and was recently offered a summer position as a resident assistant in the first ever Deaf and Hard of Hearing Academy for students aged 11-17 at Penn State's University Park campus. Scott has also traveled extensively both nationally and internationally.

“Amanda-Claudia’s first semester at Penn State Wilkes-Barre was not without complications,” explained Campus Counselor Sarah Luvender. “But with her determination, she stepped up, accessed her resources and used her communication skills to navigate forward. Amanda-Claudia personifies perseverance, yet she maintains a grace that makes it seem like a pleasure.”

Scott was joined by her immediate family and faculty and staff from Penn State Wilkes-Barre to accept her award during a dinner event at Wilkes University on March 20.

This award is sponsored by the Luzerne County Council on Adult Higher Education, a collaboration of local higher education institutions including Penn State Wilkes-Barre, Misericordia University, King’s College, Wilkes University and Luzerne County Community College.

Scott will graduate in 2018 with a bachelor of arts degree in corporate communication.

Penn State Wilkes-Barre provides a world-renowned university education in a smaller, more intimate setting. Dedicated staff and teachers have helped students of all ages since the campus’ inception in 1916 and continue to provide excellent education and support. Penn State Wilkes-Barre boasts eight bachelor’s degrees and four associate’s degrees and the ability to start one of over 160 degrees at Wilkes-Barre and continue at another Penn State campus.